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100 years ago: Groundhog sees his shadow, but Lawrence enjoys balmy weather

February 2, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 2, 1911:

  • “An old legal paper thirty-six years old and relating to Peter Vinegar was found blowing down an alley this morning by a small lad. The paper bore the date of August 4, 1875, and was a commitment pending the trial of Peter Vinegar. Peter Vinegar was a notorious negro character in the early pioneer days here and met summary justice in the early eighties at the hands of a mob. The old commitment found this morning, shows that Vinegar was arrested in 1875 for burglary and grand larceny.”
  • “The gas men and the coal dealers are celebrating today, while the ice man has put away his tongs and ordered another supply of magazines. For this is ground hog day and the little prognosticator of spring saw his shadow for true. It is the day when the hypothetical ground hog leaves his hibernating quarters and like a progressive republican at the Kansas Day banquet cautiously protrudes his nose into alien territory.”
  • “Robins, marbles, baseball, bees, soda water, and straw hats. They are all here but the straw hat. They put in an appearance yesterday with the balmy summer weather which drifted in ahead of schedule. They re-appeared today despite the gloomy predictions of the ground hog. The first robin was heard yesterday. At least, Office Prentice asserts that he heard one whistling in the afternoon.”

Comments

Sarah St. John 3 years, 2 months ago

I just about fell out of my chair when I found a Pete Vinegar item. One of my first introductions to Lawrence history was an informal conversation with Steve Jansen not long after I moved here, back in the 80s, when he told me about this lynching.

"Peter Vinegar was a notorious negro character in the early pioneer days here and met summary justice in the early eighties at the hands of a mob."

Hmmmm.... It was interesting to me to see how they were still phrasing this in 1911. For more about Pete Vinegar, look up the book by Cindy Schott and Kathy Schott Gates, "Boys, Let Me Down Easy." I don't know about its current availability, but you can read an article about it here: http://www.lawrence.com/news/2005/jun...

And the article left unanswered a question which was probably a mystery then as well: What were old legal documents doing blowing around the back streets of Lawrence anyway?

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CorkyHundley 3 years, 2 months ago

Balmy weather. Global warming. Check your emails for the details.

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